Sarajevo - The Assassination

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  • R
  • 2016
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • 3.5  (512)

In 1914, the world was vastly different from what it is today. The concept of globalisation was in its infancy, the idea of world peace was still a distant dream, and the tensions between the various nations of Europe reached a boiling point. The stage for this dramatic interchange of politics, intrigue, and eventual tragedy was set in the city of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 28th June 1914, a young Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie. The assassination ultimately led to the outbreak of World War I, changing the face of the world forever.

Sarajevo - The Assassination is a movie that perfectly captures the political turmoil, social upheaval, and illicit scheming that led to the pivotal event. It stars Johnny Messner as an American military captain, Robert J. Thomas, who is deployed to Sarajevo as part of a peacekeeping mission. Alongside him is Vinnie Jones as Lieutenant Commander Hill, and Estella Warren as flight nurse, Sophie.

As the trio begins to explore their new surroundings, they soon find themselves swept up in a mire of political intrigue and power plays. They meet Franz Ferdinand, the man whose death they know to be imminent, and are privy to his conversations with high-ranking officials. They also discover the intentions of various individuals and organisations, each with their own agendas and schemes.

The performances from the lead actors are most impressive, with Messner showcasing his considerable acting chops as the stalwart and resourceful Captain Thomas. Vinnie Jones provides the perfect foil as Lieutenant Commander Hill, exuding a stiff-upper-lip British charm that is both endearing and entertaining. Estella Warren gives a refreshing and layered performance as Sophie, the flight nurse who has her own secrets and motivations that gradually come to the fore.

The movie does an excellent job of setting the mood and atmosphere of early 20th century Sarajevo. The streets are bustling with activity, the uniforms and clothing are authentic, and the political discussions are nuanced and intelligent. The screenwriting is also top-notch, balancing action and suspense with historical accuracy and attention to detail.

Director Andreas Prochaska deserves a lot of credit for making such a complex story both entertaining and accessible. He successfully navigates a vast array of characters, motivations, and events, while never losing sight of the human element that makes the story so compelling.

A film about such a significant historical event could easily become a dry history lesson, but Sarajevo - The Assassination is far from that. Instead, it is a thrilling and emotional ride that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

In conclusion, Sarajevo - The Assassination is a must-watch movie for anyone interested in history, politics, or just a well-crafted and emotionally resonant story. Johnny Messner, Vinnie Jones, and Estella Warren give outstanding performances, and the direction and writing are both top-notch. This is a film that will leave an indelible mark on your mind, and leave you wanting more.

Sarajevo - The Assassination is a 2016 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.5.

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    1 hr 20 min
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    3.5  (512)